Welcome to the website of the West Fargo Fire Department. The department is a combination career/paid on call system with an Insurance Service Office (ISO) Rating of 3/3x. All firefighters are paid employees of the City of West Fargo, and are classified as either Full Time or Paid on Call employees. In all, there are 18 full time and 45 paid on call employees in the department. Of our full time employees, two are assigned to Administration, three are assigned to Community Risk Reduction, and 13 are assigned to operations, including a Battalion Chief. Of our paid on call employees, 23 are assigned to the Central Station, including an Assistant Chief and the fire department Chaplain, and 22 are assigned to the Southside Station, including a Battalion Chief. With the exception of the Chaplain, all paid on call employees are assigned to operations. Every employee assigned to operations are required to achieve Pro-Board Firefighter I & II Certification within 12 months of hire. At this time, full time employees are required to achieve National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician within 12 months of hire.
Each day, 15 firefighters are assigned to meet our daily staffing standard. This is achieved through a combination of in station 24 hour staffing and "on call" staffing. Twenty-four hours a day, Engine 71 is staffed with 4 firefighters (cross manning Rescue 75, a non-transporting EMS unit) while 10 paid on call firefighters are subject to 1st alarm callback and station coverage, should the need arise. Also, Battalion 70 is staffed with a chief officer 24 hours a day, finishing off the 15 assigned firefighters. To ensure 10 paid on call firefighters are available, 14 are assigned call each week and 28 are considered "off call" but subject to major fire callback.
The department provides services with resources from two facilities: Central Station located at 106 1st Street and Southside Station located at 445 29th Avenue. Each station supports a “first run” engine and ladder company. Central Station also supports a heavy rescue, hazmat trailer and brush truck. The Southside also supports an EMS rescue and rescue boat. Resources of the fire department were used to respond to combined 1,568 fire and EMS calls in 2018. Of the total call volume, 662 were fire calls, representing a 31% increase in fire call volume over 2018.
In all that we do, we strive for excellence and are committed to community service. I encourage the public to contact me directly at (701) 433-5380 or firstname.lastname@example.org with concerns, comments, or compliments
Thank you for your continued support,
Daniel Fuller, MPA, NRP
Chief of the Department
West Fargo Fire Department